American tennis legend Andre Agassi, one of only two men to win all four majors and a singles Olympic gold medal, is backing squash’s bid to earn the lone open spot in the 2020 Olympics.
“Squash is absolutely one of the best, toughest sports,” Agassi told the World Squash Federation. “The Games would be proud.”
Agassi met and took a picture with 2012 NCAA squash national champion Ali Farag and Harvard teammate Haley Mendez to show his support for the sport’s Olympic bid after Agassi spoke at the Leadership Institute at Harvard on Tuesday.
He joins fellow tennis star Roger Federer, who was spotted holding the “Back the Bid” card with squash world champ Nicol David back in February, as well as Grand Slam champs Kim Clijsters and Stefan Edberg, who’ve also proudly supported the sport.
Squash will be up against wrestling, karate, wushu, sport climbing, wake boarding, roller sports, and a joint baseball/softball bid in an IOC executive board vote in St. Petersburg next month.
Following three-time Olympian Hilary Knight on social media means pictures. Specifically, selfies.
Lots and lots of selfies.
The forward easily qualifies as the selfie queen of the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team. But it’s not because the 5-foot-11 Knight doesn’t try to share the photo duties documenting these Olympic moments with her teammates.
“I always ask someone else to do it, and they’re like, ‘No, no you just do it,'” Knight said with a laugh. “Just because of my arms. I have the angle or something figured out.
Knight stayed busy the night of the opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Games.
She’s also been documenting life in the athletes’ village.
Knight says she startles herself when she opens up her SnapChat app and finds it on selfie mode.
“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on there?” she said. “But I feel badly for posting all the selfies. At the same time, we’re trying to capture all these memories we have together because they’re something special.”
With a pair of extremely progressive tricks, Austria’s Anna Gasser has become the first-ever Olympic champion in women’s snowboard big air.
Gasser landed all three of her jumps in the big air final, but it was the last one — a cab double cork 1080 — that knocked Jamie Anderson out of the top spot and gave Gasser the win.
Anderson ended up with a silver medal. It’s her second medal of these Olympics and the third medal of her career.
New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.
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